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city's may oral race. how does mayor rahm emanuel sound to chicago? "way too early." good morning. i'm willie geist and this is "way too early" the story watched by more people with crippling sleep disorders than any other show on television. we're glad you're up watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius/xm radio. shoot me an e-mail. why are you awake right now? we'll read the best responses later in the show. the the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, september 8th. a lot going on today, including hillary clinton weighing in forcefully on one church's plan to burn copies of the koran on september 11th. plus, a wild scene in detroit right now as fires are sweeping through neighborhoods, sending at least two dozen
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houses up in flames. how did this inferno start? we'll tell you. first, let's get to the news live here at 5:30. president obama heads to cleveland this morning to push for billions of dollars for new tax inventives for businesses and infrastructure spending. the president will argue against any compromise that would extend the bush era tax cuts for the nation's wealthiest. those controversial cuts that expire at the end of this year. under obama's plan, current tax rates would be extended for the 98% of households with income below $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individual. federal tax rates for the wealthiest 2% of americans would return to pre-2001 levels. the president will argue tomorrow that we should extend those -- extend those middle class tax cuts.
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and not doing so would most assuredly hurt our economy. but again, i think if you're making $250,000 ored 400,000 or $600,000 in this economy, you're not putting off the purchase of -- there's not a great crush on or pullback in your consumer demand. this economy is not hurting people that make $800,000 a year. it's hurting families that are making $40,000 a year. >> some democrats, though, not so convinced. the approach puts the president at odds with peter orzag, his budget director who proposed that the bush tax cuts for the rich should be extended for two years so as not to hurt the jobs market. there are some democrats who are wavering on this, saying let's extend hard to raise taxes on people during a recession. this morning, the imam finally speaks. this is this morning's "new york times."
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the op-ed page by feisal abdul rauf, building on faith. he is the imam behind the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. he says the controversy surrounding the project took him aback in an op-ed piece this morning in the "new york times." he stresses that the center will not be stopped and that financial backers will be identified publicly. the imam goes on to say that the project is, quote, the right thing to do. he writes in part, the wonderful outpouring of support to build this community center across our social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermight bes the ability of anti-american radicals to recruit young, impressionable muslims by falsely claiming that america percent cutes muslims for their faith. this is why americans must not back away from completion of this project. to the victims of the families
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of the 9/11 victims, he writes, i am very sensitive to the feelings of the families of the victims of 9/11 as are my fellow leaders. we will seek the support of those families and the support of our vibrant neighborhood as we seek mans for the community center as the objective has been to make this a place of unification and healing. stell, the opposition for the planned islamic center at 51% in this country. government officials are turning up the pressure on a florida pastor who is planning to burn copies of the koran on saturday's anniversary of the september 11th attacks. attorney general eric holder yesterday called the plan it ottic and dangerous. secretary of state hillary clinton condemned it as disgraceful. >> the news is carrying reports that a pastor down in gainesville, florida, plans to burn the holy koran on september
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11th. i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all fatith. you'll remember general petraeus spoke out against it saying it would put troops at harm's way overseas. > >> in a strange way, i'm here to defend his right to do that. i happen to think that it is distasteful. i don't think he would like it if somebody burnt a book that in his religion he thinks is holy. but the first amendment protects everybody. and you can't say that we're going to apply the first amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement. > >> in an interview, pastor kerry
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jones, the man we're all talking about here said he still planned to go forward with the event, although he added his church wab praying about it. it's being investigated what caused a kurdish soldier to open fire yesterday in iraq killing two americans and wounding nine others. the fir the story underlines this an end to combat operations doesn't mean the end to combat. an iraqi official says the shooting was out of an argument. after 21 years in office, chicago mayor richard daley says he will not run for re-election next year. in a new conference yesterday, daley calls it a personal decision, that he's recently become, quote, increasingly comfortable in making.
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>> in the coming days, i know there will be some reflecting on my time as mayor. many of you will search to find what's behind my decision. it's simple. i've always bheefd that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it's time to move on. in the end, this is a personal decision. no more, no less. >> this will bring tend to a political dynasty that has ruled chicago for half a century. daley's announcement opens the door for a possible run by white house chief of staff rahm emanuel who has made no secret of his aim to run. in fact, he said he would like to run back in april for mayor of chicago. i hope major daley seeks selection. but if mayor daley doesn't, i would like to run for mayor for
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the city of chicago. that's always been an aspiration of mine. crazy story in detroit where firefighters are struggling to contain a rash of fires sweeping through a number of neighborhood these morning. 50-mile-per-hour wind in dry conditions are fueling the flames that so far have consumed at least two dozen homes. officials do not suspect arson. but some of the fires may have been caused by dead tree limbs falling into power lines. last night, at least 113,000 homes and businesses were without electricity. detroit's fire chief said yesterday it's one of the worst days for fires he's seen in his 35 years with the department. so far, luckily, no injuries have been reported. and the spirits of the trapped chilean miners running higher this morning. rescuers lowered a minute stur projector into the mine yesterday allowing them to watch the national chilean football
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team play a friendly match against the ukraine. one of the miners called it play by play. chile lost the game, but the men seemed to enjoy the distraction. the chilean government says it could take unless december to rescue the group. still ahead on way too early, tiger woods recently called him one of the worst golfers on the planet, that after the way he's been playing lately. still, being one of the worst on the planet was good enough to get him on one of the most elite lists in sports. plus, a new study has some stunning numbers on smoking. with smokers put into glass cases of shame at airports and other public places, you'd think we have a lot less of them these days. new stats say otherwise.
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let's take an early look at the markets as we get all up in your business this morning. carolin schober is live in zurich with us. >> good morning to you, willie. and the battle between hp and its former ceo, mark hurd, enters the next round. of course, it all began on august 7th. that's when mark hurd resigned over an expenses scandal.
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things culminated yesterday in the announcement coming from hp's rival, oracle, that it had hired mark hurd as the new copresident of its company. now hp has immediately filed a lawsuit over that decision, saying that the move puts the company's trade secrets, quote, in peril. now, in a statement, oracle's ceo larry ellison says hp's board is making it virtually impossible for these two companies to work together. now, willie, here is an interesting fact for he, though. mark hurd's severance agreement with hp doesn't include a noncompete clause. but what it does include is a confidentiality packet for the next two years. so i get guess let the judges decide. back over to you. >> carolin schober, that hp story gets more fascinating by the day. let's get a check on the weather.
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good morning, bill. >> this is about it for the summer. >> that's depressing. >> i know it is. yesterday was a warm day from boston down to atlanta. fall moves in for tomorrow. some showers out there this morning racing through new england. if you're in hartford, providence, boston, any of those areas in new england, you may have a quick shower. it may only last about 15 or 20 minutes. bring the umbrella with you. new york city, maybe a spishgel or two. for the most part, it will be dry. here is how the forecast is going to shake out for today. we will see sunshine later this morning after these clouds blow through. this is above average and tomorrow, everything changes. pittsburgh, only 72. that's the air that's coming to the east coast for your thursday. the big weather story overnight has been in texas. that's where horrendous flooding has been undergoing. one person was killed in killeen, texas. i-35 is closed southbound heading down from dallas. and dallas/ft. worth is going to get soaked this morning.
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i'm sure there will be major airport delays there, also. rainfall estimates of 7 to 8 inches of rain overnight in texas. in texas, that means a lot of flash flooding. so your forecast, texas to oklahoma is wet. chicago looks great. much of the east coast is just fine. just one more day of summer around here. >> bill karins declares the end of summer today. >> that's it. put away your jean shorts. >> i'll never put away my jean shorts. for sports, finally, good news for tiger woods. tiger was selected to the ryder cup team as one of the captain's picks. despite the fact that he's finished no better than fourth in any tournament this year, this will be the sixth ryder cup appointment for wood, but the first in which he needed to be picked. tennis now, the fourth round of the u.s. open, rafael nadal doing his best roger federer
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impression. the ball is lobbed over nadal's head. federer hits this for a winner crosscou crosscourt. that didn't work so well. nadal won the match in straight sets. he moves on to the quarterfinals. venus williams moves on. she's managing to play kim kleister in the semis. after the opening weekend of the college football season, the biggest story so far has been off the field. yahoo! sports reporting former usc running back reggie bush will be stripped of his 2005 heism heisman trophy by the end of the month. according to yoo-hoo sports, bush accepted improper benefits while playing at usc making his ineligible during the 2005 season during which he won that trophy. however, the heisman trust organization has since released a statement saying yahoo!'s statements are so far inaccurate
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saying no decision has been made regarding the reggie bush situation. if bush is, indeed, stripped of that award, he will be the first player in the 75-year history of the award to have it taken away. after their thrilling victory monday night, boise state gaining votes in the top 25 poll. currently, only 13 points behind ohio state for the number two spot. alabama had 47 first place votes down to seven from the preseason polls. some people starting to believe in boise after that win against virginia tech. in baseball, the rays dropped the red sox. the yankees lost against to the orioles. red sox are nine back. in the national league, if phillies booes beat the marlins to take the top spot over the braves for the first time since may. strange game between the brewers and the cardinals last night.
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the umpire tosses pitching coach dave duncan for arguing balls and strikes. that's one thing. later in the bottom of the fifth, davidson ejects chris dickerson for passing his helmet after a called third strike. that's still okay. but he's not done here. in the seventh oinding, davidson says, i've gone after coaches, i've gone after players, he's going to start throwing fans out of the building. he goes to a fan behind home plate. can you do this? he throws a fan out of the stand for heckling. security comes down. a little thinned skinned, are we? security comes down, he had great seats, too. you hate to give those up. the fan was given a standing ovation by the brewers crowd. the brewers won the game, 4-2. coming up at the top of the our on "morning joe," the ee manl at the center of the ground zero cultural center speaks out
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this morning in a "new york times" op-ed. what is his message for the 9/11 families so offended by his plan? when we come back, we'll huddle around the water to hear from the newest rhyme spitter in the game. 7-year-old peanut is in the building. ♪ superman wasn't a hero never same nemo ♪ tdd# 1-800-345-2550 what if every atm was free? tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no more $2, $3 fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no more paying to access your own money. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 it'd be like every atm in the world was your atm. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 the schwab bank high yield investor checking(tm) account. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 zero atm fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 a great interest rate. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no minimums. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 the biggest thing in checking since checks. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 open an account at 1-800-4schwab or
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you can't smoke anywhere any more. you might think banning smoking might curb american's desire to light up. convention i can't goal wisdom says nobody smokes any more. well, actually, about one in five u.s. adults is a regular smoker. that's the finding of a new report from the centers for disease control which says the smoking rate, get this, has stayed flat for the past five years after falling sharply since the 1960s. it's leveled off. the cdc estimates that smoking kills 1,000 americans every day. enough of the real news, let's huddle up here around the water cooler to watch megan mccain on "the tonight show"
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last night. she has a book out called "dirty, sexy politics. talking about the moment when she got the news that her father had selected sarah palin as his running mate. >> i'm good. like the rest of the country, i had no idea who she was and i was actually crying on the bus on the way to rally. i remember being on stage and distinctly remembering thinking, god, let her not have any skeletons in the clot closet, please, god. i was just scared. i didn't know her. >> what did you think of her when you met her? what was your initial reaction? >> my initial reaction was who is hell is sarah palin, like everybody else. >> she was crying when she got the news. that's heavy reaction. do you like hip hop music? if you don't, you should. you should like the newest rapper in the game, p-nut. he's a 7-year-old kid from memphis. now, laugh if you will, but listen to some of the rhymes he was spitting on local tv in memphis this week. ♪ i was four years old
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my dad told my how to rap by doing nails like two plus two equals four. i'm walking out the door. ♪ come play with tonka trucks snowed ♪ because my truck got repoed snowed. >> when i go outside and see kid playing, i think i'm just running down. it's me going out there doing what i've got to do over and over again to let the fans see what i can do. it feels feels good because i'm letting out the steam i have come out. >> what kind of steam is that? >> it's the rappin' steam. >> he has that ice cube look on. superman is no hero, they never found nimo. can't play with tonka trucks because all the tonka truks got repo'd. >> lady gaga is covered in meat
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on the "vogue" edition in japan. looks like shaved meat you get at the deli counter? flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal says peta. it's lunch meat. you can't eat lunch meat any more? coming up next, your e-mails. and this business over here, "morning joe" moments away. [ whistling ] [ dog barking ] [ sniffing ] [ male announcer ] missing something? like 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99 at sears optical, with bifocal lenses for just $25 more per pair. hurry in to sears optical today and don't miss a thing. [ male announcer ] at ge capital, we're out there every day with clients like jetblue -- financing their fleet, sharing our expertise, and working with people who are changing the face of business in america. after 25 years in the aviation business,
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number one story on right now, high winds fueling fires across detroit. some of the pictures we showed you here at the top of the hour, it's not arson. they say some dead trees fell on power lines going across several neighborhoods in detroit and swept up about two dozen homes. luckily, no injuries there. we asked you at the top of the how what are you doing awake this hour? our producer alex has answers. >> teresa says i got stung by a bee and i'm itching like crazy. >> another demo, alex.

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